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June 3, 2007 | Lark Ellen Gould, Special to The Times
LAS Vegas takes its smoke seriously. So seriously, in fact, that recent changes in the state's smoking statutes have sent tavern brass to court and mall-walking tobacco lovers to the nearest smoking-allowed lounge, which is all good news to the city's elegant and aromatic cigar bars. You will find dozens of smoke dens throughout the valley. Places such as the Tinder Box and the Whiskey Attic sell the usual brands of sticks and stogies with a sofa or two for those who want to smoke on site.
May 22, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian already owns a controlling 56% stake of MGM Mirage, one of the world's largest hotel and gaming companies. Which is why investors found the enigmatic Los Angeles investor's latest move all the more puzzling: He wants to carve out for himself two of the company's prized landmarks on the Las Vegas Strip. Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp.
May 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A man who had just gotten off work at a casino hot dog stand was killed when a homemade bomb exploded as he picked it up off the roof of his car outside a Las Vegas Strip resort, authorities said Monday. A woman who left the Luxor hotel-casino with the victim and was standing nearby escaped injury when the device blew up just after 4 a.m. on the top level of a two-story parking garage, according to police and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
May 6, 2007 | Debora Vrana, Special to The Times
GOING to Las Vegas without seeing a show is like getting married there without an Elvis impersonator. But how do you score the best bargains in a town where 75 ticketed shows are playing? How do you beat the ticket brokers and the high rollers to get a decent seat at a decent price? The stakes have never been higher. The average cost of a production-show ticket (excluding tour headliners) is $68.
May 2, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
It's going to Vegas, baby. "Jersey Boys" is joining the migration of high-rolling Broadway blockbusters to Sin City. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the story of Frankie Valli and '60s pop group the Four Seasons, will take up residence in early 2008 at the new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, currently under construction.
April 22, 2007 | Kevin Capp, Special to The Times
JUST a few years ago, the prospect of an electronic-music resurgence in Las Vegas would have been laughed off by many of the city's club heavies as a pipe dream, a fairy tale that die-hard fans might have told themselves. That was then. Now, thanks in part to the efforts of true believers, the dance-centric subgenre, which sounds like disco high on technology, is coming back -- and more and more casino clubs want a piece of the action.
April 22, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
SHORTLY after clocking in for his Saturday night shift, Ernest Ganem begins scanning the sky above Las Vegas for planes. Soon he sees one, and yes, it's performing a landing pattern. So Ganem, 55, whose shift runs from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., heads to the airport to get a crack at the newly arrived passengers. He's been driving a taxi in Vegas for 17 years, and his job has changed with the town.
April 22, 2007
Soulkitchen at the Red Room Saloon is not the only electronic soundscape playing in Vegas. Some other parties where deep house music is playing: Back2Back Jet, inside Mirage, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; (702) 693-8300 Vibe: Screens dotting the ceiling in the large circular main room display all manner of images that react to the sound booming from the speakers. Godspeed Foundation Room, inside Mandalay Bay, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; (702) 632-7600.
April 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater from a rural valley to Las Vegas was cut to less than half the requested amount by the state's water engineer. An order issued by state engineer Tracy Taylor says the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which requested about 91,000 acre-feet of water yearly from Spring Valley, can pump 40,000 acre-feet of water per year for 10 years.
April 8, 2007 | David Surratt, Special to The Times
NO one's ever had trouble finding a functional drinking establishment off-Strip in Las Vegas; dives are tucked everywhere east and west of the mega-wattage main drag. What's harder is finding a place that's not a den of sallow-eyed souls staring into video poker screens like sloshed air traffic controllers. For anyone wanting something more, bars in Vegas are a bad-odds gamble, typically as tired and cliched as they are desperate.
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